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(Wired) NewsFlash US Air Force's X-51A Waverider Mach 5 test missile goes kablooey. Which can only mean one thing: Iran is years ahead of the US in photoshop expertise   (wired.com) divider line 165
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2012-08-15 03:03:26 PM
Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!
 
2012-08-15 03:03:36 PM
Damn! I was so looking forward to getting one for Christmas!
 
2012-08-15 03:03:47 PM
Ooops
 
2012-08-15 03:04:07 PM
Was it a gooey kablooey?

/Hamster Hughie
 
2012-08-15 03:05:05 PM
That's great, can we quit wasting money on R&D now? We can blow anyone up at anytime, lets put that cash towards infrastructure, both roads and communications back home. Focusing on those two things will do far more damage towards our enemies than some super fast farking missile.
 
2012-08-15 03:05:10 PM
"Where's the 'kaboom'? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering 'kaboom'! Oh, wait, there it is."
animated-gifs.org
 
2012-08-15 03:05:12 PM
I thought it was supposed to go kablooey, since it wasn't equipped with a way to land, or something.
 
2012-08-15 03:05:15 PM
This was for cruise missiles right?

Couldn't we have spent that money more wisely like going to Mars or something?
 
2012-08-15 03:06:16 PM
Excuse me if I'm wrong but isn't it the whole purpose of a missile to blow up - and blow sh*t up with it?
 
2012-08-15 03:07:20 PM

oldfarthenry: Excuse me if I'm wrong but isn't it the whole purpose of a missile to blow up - and blow sh*t up with it?


its gotta get there first in order to blow sh*t up
 
2012-08-15 03:07:24 PM
Where's the - ...

probesport: Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!


...damn you!
 
2012-08-15 03:08:51 PM
was that wrong? should I not have done that?
 
2012-08-15 03:08:54 PM
X-51? His name is Aaron Stack.
 
2012-08-15 03:09:11 PM

oldfarthenry: Excuse me if I'm wrong but isn't it the whole purpose of a missile to blow up - and blow sh*t up with it?


Premature exploderation?
 
2012-08-15 03:09:41 PM
Meh, it's just a weapons platform. Don't we have enough ways to kill people at the moment?
 
2012-08-15 03:09:51 PM

probesport: Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!


Oooooh it makes me so angry!
 
2012-08-15 03:10:02 PM
This qualifies as a Fark alert?
 
2012-08-15 03:10:11 PM

probesport: Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!


Crap!!
 
2012-08-15 03:10:32 PM
SCRAM!
 
2012-08-15 03:11:53 PM
Maybe they just want the world to THINK it failed.

/adjusts tin foil hat
 
2012-08-15 03:12:01 PM

Highroller48: probesport: Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!

Crap!!


In my defence, I began writing my original post with zero comments showing. Not trying to rip you off, Probesport.
 
2012-08-15 03:12:35 PM

Girion47: That's great, can we quit wasting money on R&D now? We can blow anyone up at anytime, lets put that cash towards infrastructure, both roads and communications back home. Focusing on those two things will do far more damage towards our enemies than some super fast farking missile.


Moron. Spending money on something other than defense contractors and tax cuts for rich people is socialism.
 
2012-08-15 03:13:12 PM
I read it as "Mech" rather than "Mach" and got all excited.
 
2012-08-15 03:13:56 PM
Didn't they say that this wasn't going to be used a weapons platform?
 
2012-08-15 03:15:23 PM
tfwiki.net
Amateurs...
 
2012-08-15 03:15:36 PM
Oh no, Chim-chim!
 
2012-08-15 03:15:54 PM

amindtat: Maybe they just want the world to THINK it failed.

/adjusts tin foil hat


That WAS my first thought.

Of course, we hope to never have to find out.
 
2012-08-15 03:16:01 PM

DeathCipris: Didn't they say that this wasn't going to be used a weapons platform?


Only if Jar-Jar Binks was giving a press release
 
2012-08-15 03:17:03 PM
See what happens when you scrimp on your mohawk guy?

i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-15 03:17:15 PM

DarnoKonrad: Meh, it's just a weapons platform. Don't we have enough ways to kill people at the moment?


Nope. We are always searching for quicker, more efficient ways to kill people.

onesidedconversations.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-15 03:17:19 PM

Highroller48: Highroller48: probesport: Where's the ka-boom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering ka-boom!

Crap!!

In my defence, I began writing my original post with zero comments showing. Not trying to rip you off, Probesport.


Great minds, etc.
 
2012-08-15 03:17:39 PM
300 Million seems reasonable to develop that kind of tech. didn't we fire like 300 tomahawks at over a million a pop into Baghdad in Gulf War I? developing cool new things is way better use of funds than actually using them.
 
2012-08-15 03:17:54 PM

Girion47: That's great, can we quit wasting money on R&D now? We can blow anyone up at anytime, lets put that cash towards infrastructure, both roads and communications back home. Focusing on those two things will do far more damage towards our enemies than some super fast farking missile.


I agree completely. Can't we repurpose our military and train those guys to do road repair and other infrastructure items? One thing I never understood was that we spend so much stupid money on military and blowing things up yet those soliders can only do one thing and one thing only. I thought our new military was supposedly to be more agile and mobile and easily adaptable.

How about we take half our military budget, use that to train people in new tasks, put them into construction crews and start their march across the US?
 
2012-08-15 03:18:13 PM
Why are we wasting money on a missile that can go Mach 5?
 
2012-08-15 03:18:48 PM
Usually I would be commenting on the moronic engineers but in this case what they're trying to do is actually really hard and ventures into unexplored realms.
 
2012-08-15 03:19:31 PM

DeathCipris: Didn't they say that this wasn't going to be used a weapons platform?


No, that is the NASA side of this project. X-43. Pretty much the same project but one is to make things go boom, the other just sometimes goes boom by accident.
 
2012-08-15 03:20:28 PM

Mongo No.5: 300 Million seems reasonable to develop that kind of tech. didn't we fire like 300 tomahawks at over a million a pop into Baghdad in Gulf War I? developing cool new things is way better use of funds than actually using them.


We probably could have just thrown a couple million actual tomahawks at them for less money and be just as effective against their (sic) military.
 
2012-08-15 03:21:11 PM

imnotadoctor: Why are we wasting money on a missile that can go Mach 5?


so we can kill people in huts faster. Plus its a great way to defend us against pissed off muslims who over take planes with box cutters. i heard mach 5 is the best way to defend against small knives.
 
2012-08-15 03:22:03 PM
Yes, enemies are everywhere. Transfer pork to defense contractors, but socialized medicine is evil presumably because it includes mental healthcare which would be the Republicans' undoing.
 
2012-08-15 03:22:27 PM
Wow. That was a pretty substantial rewrite of what I submitted. I just said it went *SPLASH* (apparently, the fins messed up before the scramjet even got a chance to fire up)

/stubmitter
//scientific progress goes *boink*
 
2012-08-15 03:22:33 PM
Came for exploding Speed Racer, leaving disappointed.
 
2012-08-15 03:23:01 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: imnotadoctor: Why are we wasting money on a missile that can go Mach 5?

so we can kill people in huts faster. Plus its a great way to defend us against pissed off muslims who over take planes with box cutters. i heard mach 5 is the best way to defend against small knives.


That's Gillette's stance.
 
2012-08-15 03:23:06 PM
It's not just about weapons, this technology could advance travel in general.
 
2012-08-15 03:25:10 PM

vodka: It's not just about weapons, this technology could advance travel in general.


There really isn't any demand for hypersonic travel though. Otherwise the Concorde would have gotten a sequel.
 
2012-08-15 03:25:13 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: imnotadoctor: Why are we wasting money on a missile that can go Mach 5?

so we can kill people in huts faster. Plus its a great way to defend us against pissed off muslims who over take planes with box cutters. i heard mach 5 is the best way to defend against small knives.


Well,where else are we doing any hypersonic flight research? I'd like to fly to Japan someday and not have it take 15 hours.
 
2012-08-15 03:26:24 PM

Loki009: DeathCipris: Didn't they say that this wasn't going to be used a weapons platform?

No, that is the NASA side of this project. X-43. Pretty much the same project but one is to make things go boom, the other just sometimes goes boom by accident.


Ah, gotcha.
 
2012-08-15 03:26:40 PM

DarnoKonrad: Meh, it's just a weapons platform. Don't we have enough ways to kill people at the moment?


My parents (who used to be hippies in the 70s) are now extremely pro-military research (they like the internet). Whenever they see this, they chuckle and talk about how in the 70s, people were saying we should stop military funding because "we can blow up the Earth 17 times over. There isn't any need to fund the military anymore."
 
2012-08-15 03:27:11 PM
Fastest waste of $140 million ever.
 
2012-08-15 03:28:05 PM
It's nice, but $300 million sounds a little over-priced...

www.kidlantis.com
 
2012-08-15 03:28:49 PM
At this rate we're never going to reach mach 25 without rockets.
 
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